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March 06, 2020

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Much Hay Should My Rabbit or Guinea Pig Eat Every Day?

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Much Hay Should My Rabbit or Guinea Pig Eat Every Day?
Hay: it’s the nutritional foundation of herbivore health and a topic every new rabbit or guinea pig owner should be thinking about. As obligate herbivores in the wild, rabbits and guinea pigs naturally eat many types of different plant materials each day. As these small animals have made the transition “from wild to child,” it’s important for us as pet parents to remember the importance of the ideas of variety and diversity when it comes time to offer hay to our bunnies and piggies.... Read More

March 03, 2020

How to Tell If Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig is Overweight or Underweight

How to Tell If Your Rabbit or Guinea Pig is Overweight or Underweight
No one likes to be told they need to lose weight. Pet parents are also very sensitive to being told their fur child needs to slim down. Furthermore, the news often comes as...... Read More

February 26, 2020

Why Won’t My Guinea Pig Eat Their Pellets

Why Won’t My Guinea Pig Eat Their Pellets
Whether your guinea pig is very young and has never eaten fortified food before, or if your adult guinea pig is suddenly refusing their fortified food, it’s highly important to ensure that your pet eats their daily allotment of pellets. Fortified food contains many essential vitamins and minerals not found in your guinea pig’s hay, greens, or treats, making them essential to your pet’s daily nutritional requirements. ... Read More

February 20, 2020

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Do I Keep My Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Teeth Healthy?

Ask The Small Pet Vet: How Do I Keep My Rabbit or Guinea Pig’s Teeth Healthy?
Join Dr. Micah Kohles as he discusses important tips and tricks for keeping your small herbivore's teeth healthy. In this video, Dr. Kohles goes over a helpful 5 Step Dental Health Checklist and covers the top reasons to contact your veterinarian in relation to your pet's dental health. ... Read More

February 19, 2020

Dental Disease in Small Mammals

Dental Disease in Small Mammals
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Veterinarians across the country frequently celebrate by providing discounted dental cleanings for dogs and cats, but what about our small herbivore and rodent companions? Is dental health as important for our exotic companion mammal friends? Absolutely, but in different ways! As animals with constantly growing teeth, dental disease is one of the most common health-related reasons small mammals are taken to their veterinarian every year. Though the cause varies, dental disease can result in substantial, and even life-threatening, health concerns in small pets, so it is essential to learn as much as possible about prevention and early detection.... Read More

February 18, 2020

February Pet of the Month

February Pet of the Month
Congratulations to February's Pet of the Month, Henry (AKA Henry Lop Holland) and his pet parent, Valeriya!... Read More

February 11, 2020

Cane Molasses: Why Is It in My Pet’s Food

Cane Molasses: Why Is It in My Pet’s Food
The digestive tracts of small hindgut fermenting mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, are not designed to digest large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars. Because of this, it can be concerning to see ingredients that evoke thoughts of sweet, sugary food in your small pet’s daily diet. One prime example of an ingredient that sometimes gets a bad name (but one that serves an important purpose in our foods) is cane molasses. ... Read More

February 07, 2020

Rabbit Life Stages

Rabbit Life Stages
Rabbits often live much longer than most people realize. Gone are the days of the “disposable pet” mentality and the belief that a rabbit’s natural life-expectancy is only a few short years. With proper nutrition, husbandry, and medical care, most rabbits will live long, happy, healthy lives. As your pet grows and matures, each life stage comes with some specialized and tailored care. Keep reading to find out more about properly supporting each stage of your bunny’s life.... Read More

February 03, 2020

Should I Foster a Pet?

Should I Foster a Pet?
Have you ever thought about fostering a rabbit, guinea pig, or other small animal? Fostering is a great way to give back to small animals and the rescue community that cares for them, but there are many questions to ask yourself prior to making this commitment! By thoughtfully considering the following important factors, you will make your fostering experience a successful one for both the animal and your family. ... Read More

January 31, 2020

How to Transition Your Pet’s Food

How to Transition Your Pet’s Food
There are numerous reasons you may want to change your small herbivore’s diet. Perhaps your furry friend is battling a chronic illness, has moved to another stage in life’s journey, or your veterinarian recommended a nutrition overhaul. Maybe your kiddo is a recent addition to the household and was previously fed a diet that didn’t fit your preferences as a pet parent. Or maybe you’re just looking to switch to a higher-quality, fortified pelleted diet. Learn more about how to safely and successfully transition your pet's food.... Read More

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